the present study, we study socio-spatial distribution of overweight and
obesity among female colleagues in the faculty of arts and humanities, King
Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, KSA. A cross-sectional study is conducted on
female colleges in different majors (Arabic, English, European Languages,
French, Psychology, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Geography,
History, and Media). A total of 525 colleges are included, and asked to answer
a pre-designed validated questionnaire. Their body mass index (BMI) is
calculated by measuring their individual weight and height. Then, based on their BMI, they are placed in
the following categories: underweight; normal weight; overweight and obesity.
111 colleges are placed in the underweight category (21.1%), 286 (54.5%) are
found to have a normal weight and 128 (24.4%) are overweight. We observe a
significant correlation between increased age and the number of individuals in
the “overweight and obese” category. The prevalence of overweight and obese
subjects is significantly higher among married colleges and those who have children.
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